Fibonacci-Inspired Garden Building

Fibonacci inspired garden building plan      Spiral-shaped garden building

Problem: I wanted somewhere secluded to write and study in.

Our garden is 15M long and triangular, ending in a radius. I wanted a garden office that used up the pointy end, the local planners were firm on height, materials (we are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), distance to the road, and impact on our neighbours. A design that looked like a small lodge/toll house was rejected; I waved goodbye to the architects and did a bit of doodling.

A spiral fitted perfectly, being a nerd I was delighted to discover the spiral created by squares based on the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc). This gave the different areas I wanted – main working with a standing desk, sitting at a work bench, and a mini kitchen. Roof was a bit of a bugger though. Local complaints about it being ‘modern’ were seen off with a page full of pictures of oast houses and a reference to the occurrences of the shape in nature. It took a time to build, this was great as the internal layout evolved with the construction.

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Salvaged elm replaced the stone floor, and a spiral library continuing the curve inside has been left out to make room for a Balans ‘Gravity’ Chair. The original glazed quadrant was swapped for a couple of Velux windows when it became obvious that madness and huge costs awaited. It has been fitted out courtesy of Fleabay, Freecycle, and blokes who know blokes. Furniture has been made by slapping together lumps of local oak.

–Paul Hurst


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